Scawy…Very Scawy…trust no one!

During one of the first Halloween holidays that a little girl of 5 had been very vocal about, she had an incident that scared her. She put her small hand up to her chest and patting her heart very quickly and with very wide open eyes said “Scawy…very scawy”. Sometimes I agree with the feelings of that little girl.

I do love Halloween for all the fun traditions that it represents, however some of the aspects of this spooky night can be very scawy, as a little girl so eloquently demonstrated. So having said that here is my scawy story for you:

~

She was alone, she hadn’t meant to be alone. It wasn’t supposed to have worked out that way. It was late, the streets were deserted, she was about 3 blocks from her car and she was alone.

The Moon had disappeared behind dark and gloomy looking clouds, giving the shadows surrounding her an almost eerie life-like appearance.

“No Worries” she said to herself as she walked along, “I can walk these next few blocks by myself, I’m not afraid”.

Just because it was Halloween didn’t mean it was any different from any other night. A sound was heard off to her right behind her. A soft sound, and then another, the sound of footsteps, She turned and looked in the direction of the sound, nothing there. She turned back again walking faster.

The footsteps could be heard to be coming nearer. “Oh crap”, she thought, her heart beginning to beat faster, “I really don’t need this, not tonight”. Suddenly a black cat appeared in front of her and she shrieked without meaning to. She staggered around the cat, her walk now increased to almost a run. The streets seemed even darker than before. The edges of the shadows seemed to be reaching out to touch her.

The now pounding footsteps behind her were running, their pounding keeping beat with her racing heart. She broke into a run.

She could see her car, so near. Her breathing ragged, she was sure she could make it, so near now, so near. In just another few seconds, she reached out to the handle of the door. Locked, “Oh my lord”. She thought, A heavy hand landed on her shoulder, she screamed and turned.

“Lady, I’m sorry, I’ve been trying to catch you for several blocks now. You left your purse at the restaurant when you paid your bill.” The Restaurant manager was breathing as heavy as she as was as he handed her the purse. She smiled a shaky smile and thanked him. He smiled back.

She felt so silly, so very silly, it was Halloween after all the mind plays tricks on one’s imagination, She reached into her purse for her keys and turned to thank him once more. His smile was larger than before, that was when she saw the fangs.

Happy Halloween, everyone,

Penny

Human Spirit…compelling to care!

Compelling to Care!

When adversity strikes there often becomes a compelling need by others to help, to reach out, make a difference.

It is one of the best things about being human. The human spirit. It reaches beyond life’s ordinary daily issues, in times of crisis, to submerge the petty and reveal the positive, the brave, the giving, the caring - the loving.

This is good, this is very good. As it should be.

Thank you for stopping by,

~ Penny

Right here, right now – Updated!

There was a popular video that circulated 4 years ago about the progression of information technology. This video I am showing is the 2012 updated version.

It takes 5 minutes to watch this video…wait until you have the time to view this, as once you start watching…you won’t be able to stop yourself from watching the rest!

~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmwwrGV_aiE

~

So what does this all mean … The future, our future is right here right now…in our hands! Up to us!

Thanks for stopping by,

~ Penny

The Song I Sing…

The Song I Sing

In the past few weeks I’ve been asked my opinion on quite a few subjects.

I’ve been asked if I’m always upbeat and positive. If I really care, and I’ve been asked why.

I’ve been tested repeatedly in life regarding values, morals, life, death, love and hate. And yet I am who I am and I feel the way I do. Life experiences have only reinforced what I felt as a child.I passionately care and have love for every living thing.

Go anywhere you like on my blog. You’ll find a pretty consistent theme going on. It is easy to write (for me) what I really believe in, very easy, so this then is the song I sing …

~

If I can put a thought

inside each person’s mind

and it would travel

round the world

with love not far behind.

~

If I could say a prayer for you

I’d mean it with my heart.

I’d pray for peace

That all be free

And never be apart.

~

If I could wish upon a star

I’d wish with all my might

that war might end

that peace might reign

 my message could be right!

~

The song I sing … I sing with love

My thought, my wish, my prayer

To write, inspire, pass along

This is the song I share.

My Song

~

Thanks for stopping by,

~ Penny

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe

This is a wonderful photo to start a Monday with I think. And this is a wonderful blog to visit and follow absolutely! Good Morning/Afternoon and Evening my friends have a good day and stay safe! Penny

Just can’t help myself here…

Sometimes you gotta go with the flow.

In the preceeding post I applauded women for how far they had come on their journey to overcome adversity and move forward as strong and independent members of society.

This video was put in my comment section by Richard of thelastsongiheard and he’s right, this video says it best of all, I can’t help myself … gotta’ post this video, oh and a little reminder for all you American women when it comes to voting, there are a whole bunch of us and we do make the difference!

~ Penny

How about a nice game of chess!

A Story behind my Chess Pieces – replica’s of the original (circa 1150 -1200)

Okay this is very interesting to me …

… And if you are female you will also find this most interesting, possibly even illuminating.

First though, today’s title is a key line from an older movie called “War Games” where a self aware computer finally figures out that nobody wins when there’s war, so the computer says (at the end of the movie to his creator) … “How about a nice game of chess”. I couldn’t resist making that the title.

Second, my purpose with this blog is to share those things I’ve discovered through personal experience and research. My byline is “curiouser and curiouser” (another classic line, this time a quote from ‘Alice’ from the book, Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Caroll - note here - The author did not mind being grammatically incorrect. He was obviously inclined to go with being creative with the word usage to emphasize a point :) ).

So here’s the thing that’s curious, in chess guess who is the strongest, most capable piece in the game? The Queen! Yup! The King (when on the chessboard) is standing right next to her, with sword in hand no less. So why is the Queen the one that has such a wide variety of moves at her disposal? The “power” so to speak?

The chess pieces (photographs I took last night) are very unique. I purchased this ‘specially’ made set some time ago. They are an exact duplicate of chess pieces found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland under mysterious circumstances. They were found sometime before April 1831 which is when they were first exhibited at the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland. It is believed that the chess pieces were found by a farmer in a small dry-stone chamber inside a sand dune.

The originals are elaborately carved pieces from walrus ivory and whales teeth.

It is now assumed that they were probably made in Norway between the years 1150-1200. The appearance of the different figures (stay with me here I’ll get to the point soon) are northern in their character and strongly influenced by Norse culture. Why would I purchase these?

It is because my father told me that not only was my heritage Norwegian but also Celtic. There are fairly strong ties to both in that area of the world, hence my fascination.

There’s more to this story so if you’re on time restraints go ahead and hit the “like” button and move onto the next blog, it’s okay I don’t mind, really… Of course then you will never know “the Why About This! lol

So why is the Queen the one with all the power (and would you look at the expression on her face, Oh-My-Gosh! I’m guessing she knows she’s in charge, lol). And for those astute individuals who are just now noticing that those pieces look awfully familiar – a replica of these same chess pieces was used in the Harry Potter Movies!

The answer to the question is that from a his-torical perspective (notice in most cases that history is from “his perspective not “hers”, just saying…) in the middle ages the Queen - in the game - begins to take on more power. There is no 100% “for sure” reason to account for this change so it does make one wonder why the female (in the game of course) would have the most maneuverability.

My final answer. The Queen is the game changer. Not only does she protect the king, She (we females) think and respond in a manner that lends itself well to change. As our past shows. Through adversity and strife we still keep ‘keeping on’ don’t we. We just don’t give up!

I’m guessing that we ‘as women’ should be pretty proud of all of our ancestors. Proud of who and how we are, proud of overcoming some of our adversities to date and of course very capable of continuing on in the same path for the future of our children, our families, our people and our planet - therefore I say with hope and confidence - checkmate!

~

Thanks for the visit, I hope your week begins well for you,

~ Penny

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe

On multicolored wings of splender…

… The Autumn Fairy arrived,

flying In just that very special way of Autumn fairies everywhere,

at first barely noticed so gentle and delicate her entrance.

She dipped and turned

rustling the plants and leaves,

encouraging others to fall, as is her nature.

She swept past with swirling winds,

and I heard the leaves giggling …

tickled by her playful breeze ,

winging her way through nature’s remaining summer beauty.

~

“Autumn”, the fairy’s wings a fluid motion of colours

blending and merging into glorious cacophony.

I sighed with wonder

so very many changing colors and patterns

 and then out of the far corner of my eye I saw her

… a vision of beauty passing thru

leaving the splendor of fallen leaves

and those following  in her wake.

~

A quickness, a warming gentleness

and then a newness, a crispness to the air,

“Autumn” the fairy departing

I hear the crunch of fallen leaves as I walk through.

There is a cooling crispness in the air

Ah so,

I now await the coming of the Winter fairy

I know she cannot be far behind.

~ Penny L. Howe

2012

~

Luckily for me I was there with sketchbook in hand and captured the autumn fairy for all to see! Be safe this weekend my friends, thanks for stopping by.

~ Penny

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe

The Talent of an Artist, Writer, Musician…

… and Constructive Criticism,

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - Truth of it all!

It’s quite possible, in fact probable that I may take some heat from this post, which is of course perfectly acceptable. Bring it on!

THE ARTIST

The word “artist” here applies to anyone who creates. They may use any format, any medium, any creative talent and will produce something original. Written words, musical sounds, lyrics, paintings, photography, movies, videos, sculpture, crafting, dancing, acting, and so on)

CRITICISM – THE GOOD

To me “Constructive Criticism” is a refined and effective type of critical feedback. The reader/viewer/listener will tell you what they find “good” about your creative endeavors and share what can be improved upon. So far so good. When you ask a person to “critique” your work pick someone you know to be skilled in the area of your artistry. They will give you an informed perspective of their opinion. Most artistry comes with learning the “tools of the trade”. This is important. The person who is offering critical feedback should be knowledgeable in this manner. If you don’t personally know someone like this, ask a fellow artist who they may know.

CRITICISM – THE BAD

There are many out there in the online world wide web of everything that profess to being “experts”! Many are well qualified but some are not. Research! Find out more about those you would ask for advice. Be very careful in whom you approach for critical appraisal.

CRITICISM – THE UGLY

Okay this is where I think I’m going to take a hit from some “professionals” in various fields. The world is in a flux of change. Some of the tried and true “rules” of what and how you should create (in any given medium) is evolving. There is a wellspring of innovative talent from around the world merging with one another right now. This means experimentation and creative new styles and methods.

Don’t let “experts” rain on your parade and tell you what is wrong with your art because it is different. Those who are tied to the past cannot easily see the essence of the future springing from your words, your art, your style of acting, your music, your photography, your videos and so on. Be you! Creative from the heart. You’re the Artist of your work, not them.

~

“The artist is still a little like the old court jester. He’s supposed to speak his vicious paradoxes with some sense in them, but he isn’t part of whatever the fabric is that makes a nation.” ~ William Faulkner

~

So there you go, I’ve had my say. Thank you for stopping by have a most excellent weekend!

~ Penny

ps – I was asked how old the pictures are that I use of myself, in my posts. Some are recent. None are more than 4 months old, this one I took a couple of hours ago! I know I look tired, I was up late last night! lol

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe